Mzuzu, 03 May, 2023 / 8:45 pm (ACI Africa).
“To continue with evangelization, we must grow our own local vocations,” Fr. Petros Mwale, the Chaplain of the youth in the Southern African country of Malawi, has said in response to the crisis posed by decreasing numbers of non-native Catholic Clergy.
Vocations Sunday, which is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Easter, is a time for Religious Congregations to cast their nets into the deep, especially among the youth, in order to grow the numbers of consecrated men and women in the country, Fr. Mwale said.
This year’s Vocations Sunday, April 30 in particular saw over 500 young people gather at St. Denis Parish of Malawi’s Catholic Diocese of Mzuzu where they met Vocations Directors from different Religious Orders.
About 17 percent of Malawi’s estimated 20 million people are Catholic. Fr. Mwale said that currently, the country only has 496 Diocesan priests, and sees Vocations Sunday as a way forward for vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life, although they also promote marriage.
In a Tuesday, May 3 interview with ACI Africa, the youth chaplain of Mzuzu’s Central Deanery said that the event was an opportunity for Religious Congregations in the Southern African nation “to market” what they do and their different spiritualities.